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Cameron: Beware knee-jerk changes

04 June 2010

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron has warned against knee-jerk changes to gun laws in the wake of the "horrific events" in Cumbria. However, he said Britain's rules on firearms ownership were already among the world's toughest. The prime minister, who will visit... Read More

Cops hold dead girl's friend

04 June 2010

LIMA - A Dutch man long suspected in the disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba was arrested yesterday in the murder of a young woman in Peru. Stephany Flores, 21, was killed in a Lima hotel Sunday, five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared. The suspect,... Read More

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Efforts to stop oil leak hit snag

03 June 2010

PORT FOURCHON – As the crude crept closer to Florida, the risky effort  to contain the nation’s worst oil spill hit a snag yesterday when a diamond-edged saw became stuck in a thick pipe on  a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf. Read More

Taxi driver kills 12, wounds 25

03 June 2010

EASCALE – A taxi driver went on a shooting spree across a rural area of northwestern England yesterday, police said, killing 12 people and wounding 25 others before turning the gun on himself. The rampage in Cumbria was the deadliest mass shooting since 1996 in Britain,... Read More

Senators ask BP to suspend dividend payment

02 June 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators pressed British Petroleum on Wednesday to delay plans to pay shareholder dividends worth an expected $10 billion or more until the full costs for cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are calculated. Read More

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Japan's prime minister steps down over US base row

02 June 2010

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned Wednesday to improve his party’s chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base. Finance Minister Naoto Kan, who has a clean and defiant image,... Read More

BA, union resume talks

02 June 2010

LONDON – British Airways management and union leaders resumed talks yesterday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over pay and working conditions that has led cabin crews  to repeatedly walk  off the job.Negotiators for BA  and the Unite Union  have met several times ... Read More

WHO: Panel may end H1N1 alert

02 June 2010

GENEVA – The World Health Organisation said yesterday an expert panel might recommend that  the global body declare  the swine flu pandemic officially over. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said the two most likely outcomes of the emergency committee’s deliberations are... Read More

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Storm kills 179 in Central America

02 June 2010

GUATEMALA CITY – Rural villagers used hoes and pick axes to hunt for victims of landslides that have killed at least 179 people in Central America, while officials in Guatemala’s capital tried  to cope with a vast sinkhole that swallowed  a clothing factory. Read More

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9 activists killed in Israeli raid

01 June 2010

ANKARA – Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Israel and called  for an emergency session of the UN Security Council as criticism and condemnations arose across Europe and the Arab world yesterday  over Israel’s deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian  aid to... Read More

Airlines to pay more

01 June 2010

DALLAS - Giving up your airline seat may become a little less painful. Federal officials are expected to announce this week a plan to raise the maximum amount that airlines must pay passengers who get bumped off an oversold flight, currently at US$400 or US$800... Read More

German president resigns

01 June 2010

BERLIN - President Horst Koehler stunned Germans by resigning yesterday after being criticised for appearing to link military deployments abroad with the country's economic interests - creating a new headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel. The resignation, effective... Read More

'No terrorist threat yet'

01 June 2010

JOHANNESBURG - The World Cup faces no terror threat at the moment, according to South Africa's police minister, who dismissed speculation less than two weeks before the tournament opens about plots by groups ranging from al-Qaeda to homegrown white militants. Police... Read More

Tropical storm kills 142

01 June 2010

GUATEMALA CITY - Flooding and landslides from the season's first tropical storm have killed at least 142 people and left thousands homeless in Central America, officials said yesterday. Dozens of people are still missing and emergency crews are struggling to reach... Read More

45 die in bus crash

01 June 2010

YAOUNDE - An official says at least 45 people have died after a bus overturned in the West African nation of Cameroon during an overnight journey. District official Mamadou Balla says the driver was apparently dozing while the bus was travelling at top speed. The vehicle,... Read More

BA strike continues

01 June 2010

LONDON - British Airways cabin crew walked out for the 14th day yesterday in an on-and-off strike over pay, benefits and working conditions, and a union leader said disruptions could continue into the summer. Striking cabin crew walked off their jobs on May 24 for... Read More

No end in sight for BA strike

31 May 2010

LONDON – British Airways cabin crew launched a new five-day strike yesterday as a bitter dispute with management over pay Read More

BP still struggling to fix leak

31 May 2010

ROBERT – BP PLC is hurriedly devising yet another mix of risky undersea robot manoeuvres and containment devices Read More

Volcano blasts rock 2 regions

29 May 2010

GUATEMALA CITY – Explosive eruptions shook two huge volcanos in Central and South America yesterday, forcing thousands  of people to flee their homes  and disrupting air traffic as ash drifted over wide regions. Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano started erupting lava and rocks ... Read More

Obama visits Gulf

29 May 2010

GRAND ISLE, Louisiana – Intent on showing firm command of a deepening Gulf Coast crisis, President Barack Obama inspected a fouled beach, took in what he called "heartbreaking stories" of the catastrophe and declared "we’re going to keep at it" until the largest United... Read More

N. Korea says South faked warship sinking

29 May 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s most powerful state organ said yesterday that South Korea faked the sinking of one of its own warships and warned that the Korean peninsula was edging ever closer to war. Read More

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